Reaching those major milestones
‘‘When Krista comes, it’s almost like a friend coming to visit baby and me, not just a nurse.’’
Raising a baby can be a wonderful experience but at times it can be daunting and overwhelming – even more so when you’re a young mum.
At 18, Zariah Timothy is mum to Mataira Timothy-Gillett, who, at 4-months-old, is thriving on her wha¯nau and young mum’s aroha.
But, regardless of age and wha¯nau support, new mums still need reassurance that their babies are reaching all their milestones and that they have access to the appropriate health services and checks that set the foundation for their lifelong health and wellbeing.
Tamariki Ora Well Child is a Ministry of Health initiative offering a series of health assessments, immunisation education and support services for children and their families from birth to five years.
The programme is delivered to 645 children throughout Hauraki rohe by health provider Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki.
It also includes health promotion activities and is an important gateway for parents to access primary and specialist health care, education and social services.
Tamariki Ora Well Child nurse visits can start at birth or at six weeks, depending on the midwife’s referral.
Registered nurse Krista Harries has been visiting Mataira in her own home since she was six weeks old.
While mums can also opt to take their babies to a clinic, Zariah, from Thames, appreciates the convenience of not having to take her baby out of the house when it’s time for her check-ups.
Zariah also enjoys the ‘‘wha¯naubased approach’’ Tamariki Ora Well Child offers.
‘‘When Krista comes, it’s almost like a friend coming to visit baby and me, not just a nurse,’’ she said.
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Manager of Oranga o te Tangata (Public Health and Health Promotion Services) Debbie Petersen-Pilcher says Tamariki Ora Well Child also works closely with other services to support families where needed.
‘‘It is about wha¯nau ora and ensuring we provide services that wrap around our wha¯nau, support their aspirations toward wellness and build upon our vision for Hauraki to be a healthy nation,’’ she said.